Law & Public Health Practice

  • European Master in Health Economics and Management
Course unit code
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 3
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • FH-Prof. Dr. Frischhut Markus, LL.M.
  • Dr. Shaw Sara, BA MSc PhD
  • Dr. Fahy Nick, CPsychol
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • Students will be aware of the significance and possible implications of the EU’s values (general as well as health related ones) and the ‘corner-stone’ of human dignity in some selected fields of public health.

    Students will be able to identify possible challenges in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) including surrogacy.

    Students will be familiar with the EU’s acquis on communicable disease control (CDC), both in general, as well as with regard to the EU’s values.

    Students can reflect the significance of human dignity and the other EU values in the field of new technologies and digitalization.
Mode of delivery
  • face-to-face
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • - Short repetition of EU law (competences, internal market, human rights, human dignity, etc.)
    - Assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including surrogacy
    - Stem cell patentability
    - Communicable diseases
    - Knowledge into action I: the role of evidence in policy
    - Knowledge into action II: the role of people, networks and interests in policy
    - Micro-level decision-making: the case of rationing in the UK NHS
    - The case of technology adoption
    - Focus on the Public-Private Partnerships framework as one of the legal tools to provide services of general interest
    - Analysis of nonprofit organizations in the EU and US legal context
    - Analysis of EU law and of some of the ECJ decisions
Recommended or required reading
  • Frischhut M. (2017). What one should know about the European Union (EU). A quick introduction to EU law (4th edition). Wien: NWV; or equivalent book, especially if it is more comprehensive / detailed.

    Frischhut, M. (2017). Legal and Ethical Issues of Cross-Border Reproductive Care from an EU Perspective: Chapter 17. In M. K. Smith & L. Puczkó (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism (pp. 203-218). London, New York: Taylor & Francis.

    Frischhut, M., & Greer, S. L. (2017). EU public health law and policy - communicable diseases. In T. K. Hervey, C. Young, & L. E. Bishop (Eds.), Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy (pp. 315-346). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

    Tallacchini, M. (2017). Medical Technologies and EU Law: The Evolution of Regulatory Approaches and Governance. In M. Cremona (Ed.), New technologies and EU law (pp. 9-37). Oxford: Oxford University Press (GBP).

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Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures, discussions and individual and group work.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English